French Teacher Sets Herself on Fire in Schoolyard

MONTPELLIER, France -- France's education minister says a high school math teacher in southern France sprayed herself with a flammable product and set herself alight in the school yard during recreation.

Luc Chatel said the motives behind the incident, which took place early Thursday in the Mediterranean city of Beziers, were not immediately clear.

The teacher, whose name has not been released, was flown via helicopter to nearby Montpellier and hospitalized with serious burns.

Chatel added that a psychological support unit would be set up in the school.